YOGA IN ISLANDIA
Ancient Remedy for Modern Stress
NEWSLETTER – 2006
Grace Welch has been accepted into the YOGA ALLIANCE,
an organization of professional Yoga Teachers, having documented
teaching experience of 5,150 hours.
Fall Schedule of Classes:
Group classes in Islandia Studio:
Hauppauge Adult Ed starts Tuesdays 10/2 thru 11/21
Private instruction by appointment, in studio or your home/office.
- Mondays 7pm – 8:30
- Wednesdays 8am – 9:30 & 7pm -8:30
- Fridays 6pm – 7:30
FREE – FULL MOON MEDITATION –
Islandia Studio – 8 to 10 pm
To view Yoga Studio & Meditation Garden, visit gracewelch.com.
- SATURDAY – OCT 7
- SATURDAY – NOV 4
- SUNDAY – DEC 3
By Popular Acclaim – YOGA DAY RETURNS! –
For those who want to be a part of it – Mark your calendar now –
SATURDAY – DECEMBER 9 – 10 am to 3 pm. Space limited to 8. Your $50 check
reserves your space. 2 hours Yoga Class with Meditation followed by a home-cooked
HINDU MYTHOLOGY TID-BIT:
From time to time I have been asked about my adopted spiritual name, Durga,
which I gave myself (most students have their spiritual names given to them by the swami
at the end of Yoga Teacher Training Course). I have always had a problem with being identified
by someone else. I believe that those who have known me for even a short time can understand this
self-assessment. I had not known about Durga until 1987. I was introduced to her by a Sivananda
staff member at the Yoga Ranch in the Catskills during a Nature Walk to the various temples.
Durga was housed in a little wooden temple built on a small bridge over a pond. The temple had
a little latched door which you could open, and there she was, a small icon of a goddess, which staff
had adorned with flowers and brilliantly colored garments. I wrote a poem about my experience
that day, and I share it with you now:
First learned of Durga on a cold, windy Saturday in the Catskills.
Small, square temple, corner of field,
Multi-armed icon astride tiger, weapons poised.
Flowers, food, water at her feet, placed daily by devotees.
She is our protector, said the aspirant, our nature walk guide.
She is a very powerful diety, a fighter for her children.
She rights the wrongs of the world.
My identification was immediate.
Five thousand years, on the other side of the world,
… a connection.
I wish you good times, good health, good friends.
Grace - Durga
For students interested in learning more about Hindu Goddesses:
"Hindu Goddesses: Visions of the Divine Feminine in the Hindu Religious Tradition"
David Kinsley, University of California Press, 1986